Friday, June 13, 2014

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

This post is the answer to #23 of 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me. I will also be linking up with Hoda and Kriselle on the Your Story Blog Hop.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

I struggled with this as a child. I could never find a holiday that was truly "me". For awhile, it was Thanksgiving. I liked the fact that it was all about family being together and not about gifts like Christmas was.  As I got older, I started liking Thanksgiving even less. I want to say that after both of my maternal grandparents died in 1995 and 2002, we stopped having the family dinners much less holidays. And my paternal grandfather passed away in 2004 and that kind of took away the few family events I did have left. 

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In 2009 I went to Houma, Louisiana for my husband's job. It just so happened that it was right in the middle of Carnival season. I fell in love. Literally, I fell in love with the "holiday" known as Carnival. Most people call it Mardi Gras but in reality Mardi Gras is strictly the name for Fat Tuesday. The entire season from January 6th until Mardi Gras Day is known as Carnival Season.

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Growing up Catholic, I celebrated Ash Wednesday (the day after Fat Tuesday) and then the Lent season that followed. I learned that there are a great many Catholics in southern Louisiana (duh, right?). And I learned that the Mardi Gras I always saw depicted on television was false. Who would've thought, right? Of course, I know that things get a little crazier in New Orleans which is why I chose not to go to parades there. But, in Houma, the atmosphere was just right for me. 

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Now, why do I like "Mardi Gras"? Besides it's the only acceptable time to indulge in King Cake? It's the togetherness. Friends and strangers alike together having fun. You know the saying, "I've never met a stranger"? Well, that's how I feel during the parades. Talking to people, making new acquaintances, dancing in the streets...

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Maybe, the togetherness reminds me of what I remember as a child. In my experiences (since I have been to more than one year), there is no expectations. Just good old fashioned fun. 

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1 comment:

Kriselle Mendoza said...

That is awesome! I'd never heard of Carnival season before so I enjoyed reading about it! Thank you so much for linking up with us!